The hole truth about in-ground uplights

When in-ground uplighters go bad…they go very bad

Why does it surprise us that in-ground uplights go wrong so often? They get hot and then cold and then hot again. They pump out air and suck in water. Vandals drop bricks on them.

If you don’t buy uplights from a reputable brand and don’t pay more than £100, you might as well bury a wastepaper basket with a tealight.

Here’s your cut-out-and-keep, tear-it-up-and-throw-it-away guide to the fate of many in-grounds…

Bonkers store lighting

The flagship store of shoe seller Russell & Bromley has one of the most spectacularly profligate lighting schemes in the country. Ray Molony reports

The lights are on but no one’s home

It’s London, the early hours of a Saturday morning, and it’s deserted. So why are all the lights burning brightly? A special Lux magazine ‘black ops’ team finds out who practises what they preach about energy